TV sitcoms of the 1980s were often about teaching viewers a lesson. Sometimes subtly, usually overtly. Whether the message was moral or ethical in nature, the gist was one of acceptance: body image, race, sexuality, ability. And The Facts of Life
, the longest-running sitcom of the decade, covered them all, breaking new TV ground for taboo and uncomfortable topics.
Like having cerebral palsy and cracking jokes about it.
In the ’80s, that was enough to tighten the sphincters of the politically correct across the country. Poking fun at a serious condition, an obvious physical challenge? The Facts of Life said sure, let’s do it.